7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari

7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari

7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari is a perfect safari package for Congo safaris and Rwanda safaris, this safari offers an opportunity to visit two countries of Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo. 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari expect to visit volcanoes national park a home to the endangered mountain gorillas, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe national park for chimpanzee tracking safari and Volcano Nyiragongo for hiking safaris. 

Volcanoes national park is located in Rwanda offering the adventurous mountain gorilla trekking safari, there are 11 gorilla families in this park which are trekked on a mountain gorilla trekking experience and they include Susa Gorilla Group (Susa A Family), Karisimbi Gorilla Group (Susa-B), Sabyinyo Gorilla Group, Amahoro Gorilla Group, Umubano Gorilla Group, Agashya Gorilla Group, Kwitonda Gorilla Group, Hirwa Gorilla Group, Bwenge Family Group and Ugenda Gorilla Family. One of these families is visited on a mountain gorilla trekking experience.

Other destinations to visit are Lake Kivu the largest lake in Tanzania, Nyungwe national park where you will enjoy chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk and Nyiragongo volcano for the adventurous hiking experience.  This safari begins and ends in Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. 

7 days Rwanda and Congo Safari highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
  • Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking.
  • Day 3: transfer to Nyungwe National Park.
  • Day 4: chimpanzees tracking and canopy walk.
  • Day 5: transfer to Lake Kivu.
  • Day 6: Nyiragongo hiking.
  • Day 7: descending to the bottom

Detailed itinerary of the safari 

Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

On the 1st day of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari you will transfer to volcanoes national park, upon your arrival at Kigali international port you will be picked by our company’s safari guide then embark on your journey to Volcanoes national park. On your way you will enjoy amazing sights rolling hills and when you arrive in the park you will check into your lodge, have dinner and stay overnight. 

Accommodation

  • Mountain gorilla view lodge
  • Davinci gorilla lodge

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking

On the 2nd day of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari you are to engage in Mountain gorilla trekking safari experience, after morning breakfast you will head to the park’s headquarters for briefing. In the briefing dos and don’ts to follow will be read to you then be assigned a gorilla family to trek, with your packed lunch you will head in the forests in search for mountain gorillas. Looking for mountain gorillas takes about 4-6 hours and when you find the gorillas you will stay for one hour enjoying the sight of gorillas moving around their territory, picking fruits and you can take pictures as long as your flashlight is off. After the amazing experience you will head back to the park’s headquarters and in the afternoon you can go for optional visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural community walk on which you will enjoy an amazing interaction with the local people, be entertained by local songs and dances and many more. You will have dinner and stay overnight at your lodge. 

Day 3: transfer to Nyungwe National Park

On the 3rd day of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari you will transfer to Nyungwe forest national park, you will have morning breakfast at your lodge, meet your safari driver then embark on a drive to Nyungwe national park. On your way you will have en-route visit at Murambi genocide memorial site and Nyanza King’s palace and have lunch, when you arrive in the park you will have dinner and stay overnight. 

Accommodation is got from 

  • Nyungwe forest lodge
  • Nyungwe top hill hotel
  • Gisakura Guest house

Day 4: chimpanzees tracking and canopy walk

On the 4th day of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari you are to engage in chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk, after early morning breakfast you will head to the park’s headquarters for briefing in which rules and guidelines to follow will be read to you by a ranger. Then head into the forests of Nyungwe national park in search for chimpanzee, on the trek you will enjoy sights of other primates like monkeys, baboons and many birds. When you find the chimpanzee you will enjoy observing their behavior, seeing them play of tree branches and get to take amazing pictures. After spending time with the chimpanzees you will head back to the park headquarters then head to your lodge for lunch, in the afternoon you will return to the park for a canopy walk. Canopy in Nyungwe forest national park is done on a bridge of 160 meters and 70 meters high suspended high above a ravine of lush montane rainforest. On the canopy walk you will enjoy the green forests, sights of birds, monkeys and the panoramic surrounding. In the evening you will head back to your lodge, have dinner and stay overnight. 

Day 5: transfer to Lake Kivu

On the 5th day of 7 Days Congo and Rwanda safari you are to transfer to Lake Kivu, after early morning breakfast you will meet your safari drive and embark on a drive to the amazing Lake Kivu the largest lake in Rwanda. When you reach at Lake Kivu you will have an opportunity to engage in activities like swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, paddling and coffee tours depending on the time you have at hand. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at your lodge. 

Accommodation is got from Paradise Marahide and Lake Kivu Serena hotel  

Day 6: Nyiragongo hiking

On the 6th of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari you will hike to the summit of mount Nyiragongo, after early morning breakfast you will drive to Kibati ranger post the starting point of the hike. A ranger will brief you about the safari then start your hike of 5-6 hours. At the summit of the volcano you will be rewarded with views boiling red lava in the crater lava lake, you are to have dinner and stay overnight at the volcanoes campsite. 

7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari
7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari

Day 7: descending to the bottom

On the 7 Days Congo &  Rwanda Safari safari you are to descend to the bottom of mount Nyiragongo and transfer to back to Rwanda, after early breakfast at the crater rim you will being your descending hike heading to the bottom of Nyiragongo crater. When you reach the Kibati ranger post you will meet your safari driver and embark on your journey back to Kigali for a drop-off with border crossing at Goma, when you arrive in Kigali you will have lunch and then be dropped off either at the hotel in Kigali or at Kigali international airport for your departure flight. 

End of 7 Days Rwanda and Congo safari

Safari inclusions 

  • gorilla trekking permit 
  • ground transport throughout the safari 
  • Congo tourist visa
  • security team 
  • accommodation and meals 
  • services of experienced and English speaking tour guide/driver
  • bottled drinking water 
  • meals as per meal plan
  • All activities in the itinerary 

Safari exclusions

  • International flights
  • Rwanda visa 
  • Extra accommodation 
  • Extra activities
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